Solomon concluded Ecclesiastes with many of the same thoughts that ran throughout the book. He continued to try to understand, but concluded that there is much mystery to consider, like the process of conception and development in the womb.
5 Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.
In the end, he advocated for enjoying life, but always with a clear understanding that God is in control, that we will do our best to respect Him and follow His ways, as it is our duty.
13 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. 14 God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.
Psalm 49:10 echoes Solomon’s sentiments – all of us will die whether we are wise or foolish.
10 Those who are wise must finally die,
just like the foolish and senseless,
leaving all their wealth behind.
I would still rather be wise. I have been reading the passages and writing my blog the evening before it will be posted. My writing feels clearer to me, but less in tune with God’s Holy Spirit. To this point, I have mainly read the passages in the evening and written the blog the next morning. I plan to return to that pattern tomorrow.